GM China ATC receives LEED silver certification

LEED certification recognizes facilities that reduce or eliminate impact on the environment.

SHANGHAI – The GM China Advanced Technical Centre (ATC) in Shanghai has been awarded Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The LEED certification program is a globally recognized process that uses common standards to define “green buildings.” Its goal is to support the design and construction of buildings that reduce or eliminate their impact on the environment and promote sustainable design and construction practices.

The ATC includes research and development, advanced design, vehicle engineering, powertrain engineering and telematics laboratories. The first phase opened in September 2011 and the second phase in November 2012.

The ATC has adopted a series of green building best practices and technologies that include:

  • Interior and exterior lighting design to reduce light pollution
  • Paving and roofing materials to reduce the heat island effect
  • Water use design to save up to 30% of water used
  • Optimizing energy usage with energy efficient strategies for glazing, lighting and HVAC
  • Enhanced refrigerant material usage
  • Use of recycled and regional material content for construction
  • Increased building air ventilation
  • Use of low-emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpets
  • Indoor chemical pollution control
  • Controllability of lighting for energy savings

The GM International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai, which are adjacent to the ATC, were awarded LEED Gold Certification in December 2010. GM’s home in China was recognized for its high level of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design and construction.

GM recycled or reused 2.5 million metric tons of waste – the equivalent of 38 million garbage bags – at its plants worldwide in 2011.

In China, GM has 10 landfill-free facilities. Seven are operated by Shanghai GM and three by SAIC-GM-Wuling. These facilities, which include stamping, assembly and casting operations, reuse, recycle or convert to energy all manufacturing waste from their daily operations. They are among GM’s 105 landfill-free facilities worldwide.